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Budget Vote & Election

On Tuesday, May 21, Hammond Central School District residents will vote on the proposed budget for the 2024-25 school year. You can find more information about the proposed budget on this webpage.

2024-25 Budget Information

Don’t forget to vote! Polls will be open on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from 1:30 to 8 p.m., in the cafeteria of the Hammond Central School, 51 S. Main St, Hammond.
On Tuesday, May 21, Hammond Central School District residents will vote on a $9,777,953 proposed budget for the 2024-25 school year. The proposed budget, which has an increase of $254,706 or 2.67% over the current year’s budget, will result in a 4.34% increase in the tax levy.

2024-25 Budget Summary

New York state law requires all school districts to present their budgets divided into three expenditure categories (program, administrative, and capital).
  • Capital: $1,258,360 - 12.87%
  • Administrative: $834,420 - 8.53%
  • Program: $7,685,173 - 78.60%

Learn more about the 2024-25 budget

Each spring, the Hammond Central School District Board of Education adopts a proposed budget for the upcoming school year, which requires voter approval. The budget will be discussed at the meetings listed below, and a public hearing will be held on May 14 at 7 p.m. in the library at the Hammond Central School, 51 S. Main St, Hammond.
You can review the presentation from the budget hearing below.
A community budget postcard will be mailed in May.

Voter Information

The school budget vote will take place from 1:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, in the Hammond Central School cafeteria.

To be eligible to vote, residents must live in the school district for at least 30 days prior to the May 21 election, be at least 18 years of age and be a citizen of the United States. Residents may register to vote prior to voting on May 21 in the Hammond Central School building.

The district will provide mail-in and absentee ballots if requested by any qualified voter, and will provide absentee ballots for those previously identified on the county list. The New York Early Mail Voter Act allows registered voters to request a mail-in ballot. You can request an early voter ballot in person up to the day of the election.

Two Board of Education seats on the ballot

Voters will be asked to elect two community members to the Hammond CSD board of education. The two seats are currently held by Donald Ceresoli and Daniel Pease. The term for the seats runs from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2029.

STAR Program

Homeowners who meet certain eligibility requirements through the New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) can have a portion of their home’s assessed value exempt from school property taxes. Learn more about the STAR program here.

Early Mail Ballot

Eligibility: Residents who are qualified voters of the School District are eligible to apply for an Early Mail Ballot.
Application Process: Applications for early mail ballots must be made at the Office of the District Clerk. This Early Mail Ballot Application can be filled out and sent to the District Clerk Natasha Baxter [email protected] to initiate the process.
Deadline: The application for an early mail ballot must be received by the District Clerk Natasha Baxter at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter.

Availability of Ballot Issuance List: A list of all persons to whom early mail ballots have been issued will be available in the Office of the Clerk on each of the five days prior to the day of elections, except Saturday, Sunday, or holidays.